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PostSubject: Signs of an ill bird.   Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:17 pm

Birds are very clever at hiding the fact that are not feeling 100% well. In the wild a cockatiel that is ill is sure prey and so it is a distinct advantage to keep the fact hidden as much as possible.
Generally speaking a pet bird that receives a balanced diet along with adequate housing and care should be on average free from disease and illness. Unfortunately there are times when things do go amiss and our feathered friends succumb to an illness or disease that needs attention.
Only by knowing what to look for and being aware of what is normal for your bird can you have any chance of detecting when it is ill. By the time we do detect something is wrong it is often already too late to help them. If you are at all concerned then a visit to a qualified Avian Veterinarian is the safest course of action.
Some signs that can indicate something is not as it should be are listed below. You are the best judge so be aware and avoid having to be sorry.

•Sudden loss of weight or lack of appetite
•Inactivity or lack of interest in its surroundings.
•Feathers fluffed up and sitting in a corner and frequently having eyes closed.
•Sudden loss of feathers apart from normal molting.
•One eye partially closed or fully closed.
•Weepy or watery eyes or discharge from the nose or eyes.
•Constant shivering or laboured breathing with mouth open.
•Skin around the eyes, on the beak or on the legs is very dry and scaly or red.
•A change to normal consistency and colour of the droppings.

Any abnormal behaviour that has you concerned should be looked into. This list is not exhaustive and is a guide only. With the combined efforts of yourself and your Avian Veterinarian your bird should remain happy and healthy for a long time.

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PostSubject: Re: Signs of an ill bird.   Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:38 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Signs of an ill bird.   Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:34 pm

Great info! Thanks!

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PostSubject: Re: Signs of an ill bird.   Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:35 am

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PostSubject: Re: Signs of an ill bird.   Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:26 am

Great post! Luckily my kid doesn't seem to display any sign of illness. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Signs of an ill bird.   Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:23 pm

Yeah....it's horrible when that happens.Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Signs of an ill bird.   Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:38 pm

Hi I just got Kirby a few nights ago and I do know that they need time to adjust but I am concerned that he stays puffed up and seems to take frequent naps ,I know he is afraid so I am not sure he is sick or just still a little freaked out in his new home, he is eating, preening whistling and talking so I sure hope he is not sick .  
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